A London landlord who let out properties in Euston and King’s Cross has been banned for 4 years and fined £29,000.
A 45 year old London landlord who was subletting properties to young and foreign professionals has been banned from letting further properties for 4 years. The ban will commence in March 2020 and should the landlord breach the terms of the ban he could face up to 51 weeks in jail and/or a fine of up to £30,000.
The landlord let three flats which were in disrepair, including faulty fire safety equipment and overcrowding. Camden council began investigating this landlord following a complaint made anonymously on the Mayor of London’s Rogue Landlord website in May 2018.
Shortly after May 2018 the council’s enforcement team began their investigations and in August of that year, they carried out raids of 2 flats and found further Housing Act breaches.
This has clearly been a long and drawn out process and for some the fact that it will take nearly two years from the original report to the ban coming into effect will be too long. However, it also demonstrates that the further powers that the government gave to local authorities in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 are being used and seem to be having an effect.
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Published 5 December 2019